Uriah Hall made waves when he executed several highlight-reel finishes on his way to a runner-up performance on The Ultimate Fighter.
But, after a loss in the finals of TUF to Kelvin Gastelum and a decision loss to John Howard, Hall had his back against the wall Saturday night vs. Chris Leben at UFC 168.
Hall answered, finishing Chris Leben with a late flurry in the first round. Leben, also an alum on TUF, asked his corner if he had been knocked out after the round and told his coaches he was done.
“Give it up for Chris, he’s a warrior,” Hall said. “I decided to move my feet because you don’t want to get hit by that guy.”
Hall (8-4) won for the first time officially since 2012 after the back-to-back split decision defeats.
“We both came out there and gave 100-percent,” Hall said. “I’m not really (pleased) because it didn’t go the distance. I was trying to end the year with a bang.”
For Leben (22-11), the loss was his fourth straight and fifth in his last six fights overall.